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Though used interchangeably, jealousy and envy are not the same thing.

While both have to deal with desiring wealth and success, jealousy is content with merely having more than anyone else.  For example, when you have something good, let’s say a car, jealousy makes others want an equal or greater amount of it, in this example a car of the same model or better.  Envy, on the other hand, is slightly different.  Envy does not want as much or more than other people.  Envy wants what the other person has. . . literally.  For example, envy does not want a car LIKE or BETTER than the one you have, envy wants THAT car.  What’s more, envy is happiest when the original owner is left desolate.  In this sense, envy is like coveting.  On some level, being jealous is akin to admiring the success, good fortune, qualities, or possessions of another.  Being envious is akin to not only admiring the success of another, wanting success, good fortune, qualities, or possessions but, wanting the success, good fortune, qualities, or possessions that belongs to another.

Envy is one of the most destructive forces on the planet.  To be resentful or to have unhappy feelings as a result of wanting somebody else’s success or possessions leads to crimes such as lying, murder and stealing, in order to attain another person’s assets.  This is an  unnecessary, negative use of energy that could be, or at least should be, put to the positive use of gaining your own status without having to destroy someone else’s life in the process.

True happiness will never belong to persons who attain fortune as a result of or after having caused the misery and destruction of another.  All that will come is a desire for more and more, until there is nothing else left.  Can anybody hear me?